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WATCH: RCMP seize Whistle Stop Cafe, removing owners from their property

The Mounties showed up at 6:30 a.m., on owner Chris Scott’s day off.




A week after they confiscated its beer, Alberta RCMP officers and Alberta Health inspectors raided the Whistle Stop Cafe in Mirror, AB. early Wednesday morning, and changed the locks on the property.

The Mounties showed up at 6:30 a.m. MST on owner Chris Scott’s day off. Four police cars blocked entrances into the building. There was only one staff member working at the time.

“This is disgusting,” Scott said to the RCMP officers and AHS officials on the scene as he drove into the parking lot.

The padlocked Whistle Stop

“How can any of you sleep at night? This is my property and I have the right to enjoy it.

“If you think this is gonna stop me, you have another thing coming.”

The AHS officer on the scene said they “are going to seize the building.”

After locking up the building, AHS officials got out of Dodge.

“We don’t need to be around when everybody rolls out of bed,” said one.

And moments after the authorities left, the Whistle Stop was back in business at their outdoor patio.

“We’re not closing,” said Scott.

Scott invited customers down to enjoy a “Freedom Burger” and enjoy it in the “Freedom Park.”

Whistle Stop’s Freedom Park

He said he has received several offers from people offering to destroy the lock “but that’s not an appropriate measure” at this time.

Scott said he had $75,000 worth of inventory, now “being held hostage by the AHS.”

RCMP officers, along with Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission (AGLC) inspectors, also raided the establishment last week – one of the first places in Alberta to defy the provincial COVID-19 lockdown order in January.

The AGLC had previously taken away its liquor licence and the Whistle Stop ceased beer sales. However, the establishment was raided for its beer supply later.

In scenes that looked like something from the prohibition era, an RCMP officer packed up all Whistle Stop’s beer without the owner’s consent and carted it away.

Scott decided to defy provincial lockdown orders and restrictions introduced by the UCP government and opened his restaurant on Jan. 21. He said he has received overwhelming support, and daily visits from the Mounties.

Scott is the only gas station/cafe in the town of about 500, 50-km northeast of Red Deer, and now he’s seeing people from all over the province stopping in.

“The law is garbage – it”s doing more harm than good,” said Scott in an earlier interview with the Western Standard.

Chris Scott

“It’s also a financial issue, my sister and I were just sitting back and watching our savings dwindle.”

“If they want to throw me in jail for trying to earn a living, go ahead,” said Scott, who could face a raft of penalties from fines, loss of his liquor licence and even jail.

Scott has owned the cafe since July 2019, but it has been a fixture in town since 1967.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard and the Vice-President: News Division of Western Standard New Media Corp. He has served as the City Editor of the Calgary Sun and has covered Alberta news for nearly 40 years. dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com

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  1. Stew James

    May 6, 2021 at 3:44 pm

    Alberta separate now! Enough is enough!

  2. Declan Carroll

    May 6, 2021 at 10:50 am

    Only one way to respond to this tyranny. Time for another Rooodeeeoooo!

  3. Dennis Richter

    May 6, 2021 at 10:31 am

    Here is just one of many Doctors that are speaking out under threat from MSM, Big Pharma and governments about the proven results of the drug Ivermectin in the treatment & prevention of COVID 19. Everything we see and hear in the media is all about the rising case numbers, hospitals overwhelmed, bla bla bla. Well if that is in fact the case why not try another approach to keep people out of the hospitals and actually prevent the spread with a proven, efficient and inexpensive drug that has been around for 40+ years. How about the truth from government? People need to start asking questions. https://youtu.be/19DPijOoVKE https://youtu.be/JESrh_2KOzo

  4. Joc2257

    May 6, 2021 at 10:19 am

    Kenney and the UPC need to be gone in the next election. Albertans need political leaders that want to follow the will of the people and listen and read the science other than what is being pushed out by the globalist master in Ottawa. Albertans need to elect a party that will respect the rule of la, the freedoms and safety of it’s citizens.
    Albertans need to join the Wildrose Independence Party and forge ahead in getting all the recommendations of the Fair Deal panel, set up our autonomy and maybe then look at where this province fits in this con job of a federation

  5. Steven Ruthven

    May 5, 2021 at 8:51 pm

    Governor Hinshaw just approved school rodeos after Premier Kenney thought the rodeo near Bowden was a bad idea. It’s the mixed messaging these two are giving that is pissing me off. A lockdown with very minimum exemptions is what I thought AHS wanted, but apparently not. A school rodeo can bloody well wait until after the lockdown is completed !! Let up on the Whistle Stop Cafe then Dr. Hinshaw. What a damn bully & the hypocrisy of the NDP controlling AHS is sure showing.

    It’s a real kick in the nuts to the Whistle Stop Cafe owner. With his cafe now in chains while Dr. Hinshaw gives out approvals during this so called circuit breaker lockdown. Schools are controlled by the NDP so special privilege’s then? AHS is controlled by the NDP Dr. Hinshaw so special privilege’s for her NDP controlled schools.

    I see the hypocrisy Premier Kenney can you?

  6. Left Coast

    May 5, 2021 at 5:44 pm

    Becoming more and more like East Germany . . . in the ole Soviet Union.

    And Canada’s Royal Canadian Police Farce is eager to go right along and become the 21st Century Stasi.

    There’s 600 odd folks in the Hospital . . . out of what 2.5 Million.

    Kenny & his dour Dr. are a Clown Show . . . doing the same thing over & over expecting a different result . . .

    Meanwhile . . . Florida, South Dakota, Texas are NORMAL today!

  7. david william

    May 5, 2021 at 4:32 pm

    One thing for sure the free advertising will carry forward the business for years to come. It is now considered a tourism destination must-see. The opportunity for advancement and even franchisement will offer more jobs in Alberta than the UCP has delivered. Oh, I forgot they are the reason. Look forward to visiting on a future road trip to visit the Gopher Museum in Torrington.

  8. Royden Yuill

    May 5, 2021 at 3:26 pm

    I hope you notified the utility companies to send any bills after 6:31 am directly to dr henshaw, I’m sure her office address is public knowledge. Any other bills associated with the building as well.

  9. Eldon

    May 5, 2021 at 2:50 pm

    I agree with the other commentary. The only way forward for Alberta is by electing the WIP to government.
    Both the NDP and the UCP have failed Albertans. Call your UCP MLA and insist he/she leave the UCP and join the WIP. Inform them that is the only way they will get your vote.

  10. Mars Hill

    May 5, 2021 at 2:17 pm

    A lawyer that’s been there and getting it started….

  11. Barbara

    May 5, 2021 at 1:31 pm

    What a joke. You know how the mMSM is saying Britain is locked down? Well look at this. No wonder Trudeau doesn’t want us to travel.

  12. westofsask@hotmail.com

    May 5, 2021 at 1:20 pm

    The government and AHS have done this and increased restrictions not for the manufactured 3rd wave, but to punish Albertans for disobeying their dictates! They hope that by punishing the people complying they not only push more vaccines, but cause those businesses to turn on braver entrepreneurs like Chris. The cops have also chosen their side. Let’s be honest, they chose their side when they went after Grace Life.

  13. Scott Rivers

    May 5, 2021 at 12:30 pm


    WIP Membership bought and Donation made.

  14. Baron Not Baron

    May 5, 2021 at 11:39 am

    Get a membership in Wildrose Independence Party of Alberta and get things moving!

  15. Greg Hilz

    May 5, 2021 at 11:11 am

    Chris is 100% in the RIGHT!! This TRULY needs to be shared on EVERY platform!!! Repeatedly!! https://www.theburningplatform.com/2021/05/05/new-report-sheds-light-on-vaccine-doomsday-cult/

  16. Dennis Richter

    May 5, 2021 at 10:27 am

    Okay folks, Chris is right. What we’ve had for the past decade or more is not working. It’s time for us Albertans to step up to the plate and become involved in our government. For a small investment of $20 for a membership in the Wildrose Independence Party of Alberta you can get involved in shaping the future of Alberta in a way that has never happened before.
    Wildrose.party in 2023. The same old, same old ain’t workin.

  17. d.r.cmolloy@gmail.com

    May 5, 2021 at 10:12 am

    The ucp gov leaders are acting like loonies.Let see if I got this right ; Close business confiscate private property throw ministers in jail is really Alberta? All this to protect the highest paid health system in Canada . No alterate plan play the same record hey Kenny people are tired of the tune.

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Edmonton anchor fuming after pride flag ripped down

Karstens-Smith said she has called police and urged people to share her post so the culprit can be found.




An Edmonton news anchor is furious after a Pride flag was ripped down from its pole outside her home.

“I am LIVID right now,” tweeted Breanna Karstens-Smith, a Global anchor.


“This just happened at my house. Someone came and tore down our Pride flag. No one touched it for a year when it was a Canada flag but now that it’s for pride this happens.


Karstens-Smith said she has called police and urged people to share her post so the culprit can be found.

Pride flag torn down

“And they are greatly mistaken if they think we’re not putting another one up. Ordering a new flag pole now. Flag is thankfully fine but we got it from @thequiltbagyeg and would love to see more in our city,” she tweeted.

“Our flag is back up and our house feels right again. Thank you for the kind messages of support. The best part is hearing from people now putting up their own flags. I’d love to see photos of them. Happy Pride.”

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard

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Regina chamber CEO calls COVID-19 protesters ‘narrow, dimwitted, racist’

“I personally do not support the anti-mask movement at all. I find their views narrow, dimwitted, racist and teetering on the edge of outright lunacy,” said John Hopkins.




Regina Chamber of Commerce CEO John Hopkins denounced COVID-19 protesters and their message in an email sent to the organization’s members.

“The anti-mask group in Regina are a very small but loud group. They have been protesting for months. They believe that they have a right to not wear a mask,” Hopkins wrote.

“Some are of the view that there are tracking devices in the masks and still others believe that this is a global conspiracy.

“…the anti-maskers have crossed the line. They have been harassing business owners, people on the street and now their latest target, kids at schools. In my opinion targeting kids is too far, way too far.

“I personally do not support the anti-mask movement at all. I find their views narrow, dimwitted, racist and teetering on the edge of outright lunacy. They certainly have the right to say what they want but the same rights and privileges extend to the rest of us….

“Racism is a vicious challenge that we need to address as a country, province and community. The time has come to act and stand up.”

The Western Standard asked Hopkins what harassment had occurred in Regina.

“There’s a candy shop on 13th Avenue,” Hopkins said.

“The business owner asked them to put on a mask and they refused and business owner refused to serve them.”

The incident from May 26 was watched almost 30,000 times on a YouTube video. The would-be customers were standing outside on the deck of the business across from the serving window.

“There has been some altercations between anti maskers and other people, actually on the street, I believe on Albert Street,” Hopkins said.

“And throughout the course of the last 14 months on, generally speaking, it’s just been people on the side of the street.”

Hopkins’ accusation of racism concerned comments made about Saskatchewan’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Saqib Shahab.

“There were some very troubling remarks about Dr. Shahab that the premier addressed. We were quite concerned about that… as well as other sort of comments on telling people to go home and that type of thing on some of the signs.”

At a December 14 press conference, Premier Moe said the “end was in sight” for COVID-19 restrictions, but he was “embarassed” at “racist”,”foolish”, and “idiotic” comments made by a protester at the legislature. In a video posted days before, a man tried to say Shahab’s name a few times unsuccessfully before commenting, “can’t get these foreigners’ names right.”

Regarding students, Hopkins said, “I’ve heard that they were at a school and that they were talking to kids at a school this past week….and parking in the school parking lot….I just think going to the school is a bit much.”

Hopkins said masks help.

“It blows my mind that somehow when the Chief Medical Officer – not only one, but many across the country, and in fact, globally – are saying, wear a mask, I think it’s pretty straightforward wearing a mask is one of the things that can help people stay safe…Even though we’re making headway against the virus, it’s still out there that masks aren’t doing anything. And I find it just bizarre.”

The email was posted on the Freedom Alliance Facebook page by Kevin Volk.

“Check out this crap that was sent to me,” Volk wrote, urging people to phone the chamber to express their displeasure.

Volk told the Western Standard he had a cleaning business and had been a chamber member “for well over ten years.”

“This is just another slap in the face for business owners. The chamber has been pushing for businesses to remain closed even tho they are supposed to help businesses. They have done absolutely nothing for small businesses owners,” he said.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard

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Canadians hit with millions of dollars of COVID fines

Cabinet tabled in the Commons detailed enforcement actions under the Quarantine Act.




The feds have issued tickets for close to $3 million for COVID-19 scofflaws who have refused to quarantine at hotels after arriving back in the country, says Blacklock’s Reporter.

Other tickets handed out include fines for fraudulent COVID-19 test results.

Cabinet tabled in the Commons detailed enforcement actions under the Quarantine Act.

“I think it is important that we adhere to the public health advice that we are all getting, that we do our part as Canadians to try and protect our health care system,” Health Minister Patricia Hajdu earlier told reporters.

Records show a total 988 air passengers were each ticketed $3,000 for “refusing to go to government-approved accommodation” on arrival in Canada. The majority of tickets, 621, were issued at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport followed by Vancouver (194 tickets) and Montréal (173).

Cabinet on January 7 passed an order requiring all air travelers to prove they were COVID-19-free with tests taken a maximum 72 hours prior to arrival. An identical order for cross-border drivers was invoked February 22.

The Canada Border Services Agency found 62 travelers with fake tests, said the report, and four were each ticketed $3,000.

Another 9,003 travelers were cited for not having proof of a valid test, including 4,583 drivers and 4,420 air passengers.

“This would include individuals who did not test at all, who were in possession of tests outside the required 72-hour time frame, tests that did not originate from the required country of origin, tests that are suspected fraudulent and other reasons,” wrote staff.

Public Safety Minister Bill Blair defended the enforcement.

“Cancel your vacation plans,” Blair told reporters February 12.

“Stay home. Respect the rules. We believe that through these effective measures, appropriate screening and the testing measures in particular that we have put in place coupled with robust and enforced quarantine orders, it is the best way to prevent variants from spreading across our borders into Canada.”

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard

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